But in fact, that person is a con artist who learned about your love for cats, or Jane Austen, or the U. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center said in an alert earlier this year that users of social media and online dating sites should always assume that con artists are watching, and trolling for victims. Suddenly, you and your new online beau have an "uncanny" connection. Be careful about how much you reveal about yourself online. "He has a child and he's in Afghanistan and he's fighting the terrorists and he's a pilot, and I thought my prayers had been answered," Schuster said. Eventually, Smith asked Schuster to wire him some money to help support his daughter. She had sent him nearly ,000 before she finally realized the whole thing was a scam. She began a relationship online with a military officer serving in Afghanistan named Adam Smith.You should also consider blocking the person from further contact with you.If you think you have already been scammed, file a report with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
"I was pretty upset because I felt so excited that I thought that I had met somebody," she said.
If you are also using an online dating site, it is easy for a scam artist to cross-check your name with your Facebook profile.
Keep your guard up We love to post on social media about our hopes, our dreams, our passions and our politics.
Five years ago, an Austrian woman decided to give online dating a try.
(She asked that I only use her internet handle, Firefly, for reasons that will soon become clear.) It had been about a year since Firefly got divorced.